Responsible for daily care of all surgical patients. Assist doctors and technicians with surgical and anesthetic procedures and general housekeeping.
- Perform daily cleaning of kennels, cages and public areas when necessary.
- Stock prep room and operating room.
- Spot clean throughout the day.
- Clean prep room and operating room at the end of the day.
- Wash and sterilize all surgical packs and drapes throughout the day.
- Represent TCAP in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Provide quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff, recognizing their individual contributions to the success of our organization.
- Other duties as assigned.
Patient Care Needs
- Triage all patients as they are checked in. Report health concerns to veterinary technician or attending veterinarian.
- Restrain all patients during anesthesia induction and intubation.
- Monitor all patients on gas anesthesia.
- Prepare patients for surgery as instructed.
- Transport patients from prep room to operating room.
- Assist veterinarians in surgery as needed.
- Keep supervisor informed of animal behavior, health, or concerns.
- Assist clients with necessary paperwork.
- Monitor patients in recovery.
- Assist transport driver with handling and unloading transport animals.
- Administer animal vaccinations, tests, medications and treatments as directed.
- Provide excellent patient care.
- Feed, water and clean cat boxes of clinic cats.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Call owners for early pickup of surgery clients.
- Perform reminder calls as requested by Office Manager for the next surgery day.
- Must be able to learn basic veterinary medical concepts including, but not limited to, vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks
- Must also be able to communicate basic veterinary concepts to owners and be able to repeat information relayed by a veterinarian
- Will be asked to take medical histories for surgical rechecks
- Will be asked to communicate with the public on a daily basis in a professional manner
- Will be asked to handle (on average) 100 dogs and cats per day
- Must be able to learn characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior)
- Must be able to use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals– the use of safety equipment is mandatory
- Must possess excellent reflexes
- Should be able to identify own limitations and be willing to ask for help
- Must become proficient at animal restraint for various procedures
- Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours
- Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day with help
- Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly
- Must be able to see fine detail in a variety of situations
- Must have good hearing including ability to distinguish changes in pitch
- Must have reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations
- Must have acceptable sense of touch and smell
- Must have good range of motion in joints especially wrist, knees, elbows and back
- Must be able to work in potentially extreme environmental temperatures
- Must have acceptable sense of balance
- Must be able to work and reach on hands and knees
- Must be able to use a ladder and/or step stool
- Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination
- May be asked to move large oxygen tanks
- Must possess an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers
- Must have good vision including peripheral vision, fine detail, distance, depth perception and ability to focus
- Must be able to work efficiently and effectively under stressful conditions
- Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training)
- Must be able to cope with death either due to surgical complication or euthanasia
- Must be able to rapidly and accurately process information
- Must be able to delegate tasks
- Must be able to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help
- Must be able to control instinct (for example: while restraining it is most often required to tighten grip and NOT release the animal when they begin to struggle)
- Must be able to make decisions
- Must be able to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm
- Must be able to work constructively within a team and not gossip
Potential and Prolonged Exposures
- Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions including, but not limited to, dish soap, chlorhexidine and spectra soap
- Prolonged exposure to hydrogen peroxide
- Potential/Prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas
- rolonged exposure to quartenary ammonium cleaners and bleach
- Prolonged exposure to pressurized steam
- Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades
- Exposure to animal (dog/cat) dander and other allegerns
Veterinary Assistant List of Job Duties
- Answer questions about vaccines and appropriateness of surgical candidates
- Communicate post operative care instructions to owners at pick up (may be in the form of public speaking)
- Understand and explain risks of several types of patients under anesthesia
- Understand and explain risks of surgery for patients who have eaten the morning of surgery
- Restrain animals for veterinarian or technician for presurgical medications
- Properly restrain animal for induction and intubation (note: all employees will wear gloves during prep or at any time there is a risk of exposure to urine)
- Prepare animal for surgery by shaving, vacuuming, expressing bladder, scrubbing surgical area
- Sterilely transport animal into surgery
- Bladder expression and basic palpation
- Set up animal for surgery including hooking endotracheal tube to anesthesia machine, setting appropriate sized bag
- Sterilely open surgical pack and maintain sterile fields
- Monitor recovery of numerous animals (may be up to twenty or more at a time)
- Monitor patients while under anesthesia
- Maintain stock within the operating room
- Remove patients from surgery table
- Transport patient back to appropriate kennel after recovered
- Administer various drugs IV, IM or SC
- Set up and administer fluids either IV or SC
- Gloved-in surgical assistance may be required
- Clean and sonicate instruments
- Assemble and sterilize surgical packs
- Clean endotracheal tubes and sort into baskets
- Ensure integrity of pack wraps and towels used within surgical packs
- Induce and intubate animals with appropriate timing to limit time under anesthesia
- Delegate and assign tasks throughout the day
- Must possess the ability to formulate a plan for the entire day
- Clean and disinfect kennels and transport carriers
- Load cats and dogs into appropriate carriers
- Clean and disinfect kennel dishes
- Wash, dry and fold laundry
- Sweep and mop front lobby and bathrooms and empty all clinic trash
- Alphabetize paperwork